Week #4 Preview Sachem vs Connetquot

Posted Friday, October 01, 2010 by SachemPatch.com

Week 4 Preview: Sachem at Connetquot

Sachem thought Lindenhurst would be a tough opponent but it rolled over them quite easily. Connetquot presents another challenge, one with a 3-0 record, a strong running game and a decent passing attack.

For the Arrows, it'll be business as usual this weekend as they make their second appearance on the road. They still hold onto the No. 1 seed in Division I above the Thunderbirds and William Floyd.

The beauty of having six or seven top players for Sachem is that any one of them could be the key contributor this weekend. Michael Andreassi has been the unsung hero so far, rushing for high totals and touchdowns in every game. Of course the Crossan brothers – Dalton and Trent – have been unbelievable so far. Jesse Scanna has shown sparks of brilliance on both sides of the ball.

James Thompson is starting to find his way. Timmy Lang has been a strong factor on the line. The list could continue and it will throughout the season.

Match-up: Sachem North (3-0) at Connetquot (3-0)

Division: I

Venue: Connetquot High School

Game time: 1:30 p.m.

In-game battles: Mike Pellegrino is Connetquot's main weapon. He is a Division I lacrosse recruit, who will play at Johns Hopkins next year. Patchogue-Medford had no problem keeping him in check last week, as he rushed for just 28 yards on 12 carries.

He suffered bruised ribs and a bruised hip in the game and had one of the worst performances of his high school career. Other media outlets did not report the severity of the hits Patchogue-Medford used on him, but according to people at the game, the Raiders defense was gunning for him from the opening kick. Connetquot barely beat Pat-Med, 10-8.

"Our personality on defense is to play fast and never get out hit," said Sachem head coach Dave Falco. "He's a great player and I don't know if you can ever shut a great player like that out. You have to be prepared for their play action and sprint game. From a defensive perspective we have to continue to do what we've spoke about, which is to play hard, play fast, eleven guys to the ball."

Their quarterback Kevin Jadick was 9-for-14 passing for 142 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception. If Sachem can shut down Lindy's Stephen Skon handedly, then Jadick should not be a problem.

Earlier in the season, Pellegrino ran for 207 yards against Brentwood and torched Northport for five touchdowns in Week 1. The catch? Brentwood and Northport are not Sachem. Pellegrino, Jadick and the rest of the Connetquot offense will have a tough time adjusting to a real opponent four weeks into the season.

Interesting facts

  • Sachem is 18-7-2 all-time against Connetquot. The Arrows started playing them in 1980 and did not lose a game until 1990. Then again from 1995 –2003 Sachem was unbeaten in the series. Their most recent game was a 35-7 Sachem win last season.
  • Sachem has outscored Connetquot, 508-311, all-time.
  • In Week 4 games, Sachem is 32-14-4.

What's next: Sachem travels to Northport for its Week 5 game under the lights Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.